14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  8​h
1
Sapporo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Hakodate
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Hong Kong

5
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Head to Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space and Tanukikoji Shopping Streetfor plenty of shopping. Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru (Otaru Canal & Asakusa Bridge). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, walk around Odori Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo day trip planning tool .

Hong Kong, China to Sapporo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Hong Kong in September, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Otaru, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Jigokudani
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

3
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Get a sense of the local culture at Asahidake Natural Hiking Route and Hokuchin Memorial Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Asahi-dake and Sugatami no Ike Lake. Change things up with these side-trips from Asahikawa: Onsen Resorts (in Kamifurano-cho) and Campana Rokkatei (in Furano). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, make a trip to Asahikawa Station, explore the world behind art at Snow Crystal Museum, and see the interesting displays at Ayako Miura Literature Museum.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Asahikawa travel planner.

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Campana Rokkatei, Onsen Resorts
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
Campana Rokkatei ©
Campana Rokkatei

4
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Get some historical perspective at Motomachi and Onuma Park Walking Path. Do your shopping at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Hakodate Morning Market. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hakodate vacation planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Asahikawa to Hakodate takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in September: highs in Hakodate hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

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